Grand Rapids 2030 District Launch Press Release

Leading Downtown Property Owners Establish Grand Rapids 2030 District
Effort aims to reduce energy and water use, along with transportation emissions in the downtown area


A group of property owners and operators with more than 60 buildings in downtown Grand Rapids – representing nearly 10 million square feet of downtown real estate – today announced the establishment of the Grand Rapids 2030 District.  Grand Rapids joins the ranks of leading-edge cities across the nation working on innovative solutions to reduce energy use, water consumption and transportation emissions in downtown areas.


“Today’s announcement is yet another example of Grand Rapids’ leadership in energy and sustainability efforts, and another step toward becoming the most vibrant mid-sized city in America,” said Drew Coppess of 616 Development, chair the newly-established Grand Rapids 2030 District Leadership Council. “Our 2030 District is a true partnership between many of the leading building owners and operators in downtown Grand Rapids, as well as a broad range of community and professional stakeholders. Together, we can lead the way toward more efficient buildings and a thriving downtown.”


Initiated in Seattle in 2011, 2030 Districts are unique private/public partnerships that bring together property owners and managers with local governments, businesses, and community stakeholders through a common goal of reducing energy use, water use, and transportation emissions called for by Architecture 2030 in its 2030 Challenge for Planning.


“Cities play an important role in addressing the root causes of climate change, and here in Grand Rapids we’re doing that in partnership with our private sector partners” said Grand Rapids Mayor Heartwell, who called for the formation of the 2030 District in his 2015 State of the City Address. “To help reach our goal of becoming a more resilient community we’ve taken up District 2030 Challenge, which culminated today with the signing of our charter.”


Grand Rapids joins the ranks of other 2030 Districts located in Albuquerque, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Stamford (CT), and Toronto. Together the districts represent more than 250 million square feet of committed real estate.


"Grand Rapids’ move to establish a 2030 District makes a strong case for urban sustainability and we welcome them into the 2030 Districts Network,” said Vincent Martinez, director of development and operations for Architecture 2030. “Now at a dozen established 2030 Districts around North America, the network is poised to build on the best practices of its collective members and partners."


Guiding the on-going effort to build a high-performance building district that contributes to the vibrancy and sustainability of downtown Grand Rapids over the next 15 years will be a Grand Rapids 2030 District Leadership Council. The U.S. Green Building Council – West Michigan Chapter (USGBC-WM) will administer the district, and USGBC-WM Executive Director Cheri Holman will serve as the district’s director. In addition to Chairman Coppess, the Grand Rapids 2030 District Leadership Council includes:  


  • Eddie Tadlock, SMG Group, vice-chair
  • Scott Ferguson, Rockford Construction, secretary
  • Keith Winn, Catalyst Partners, treasurer
  • Cheri Holman, U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan, director
  • Dr. Haris Alibašić, City of Grand Rapids
  • David Bell, Progressive AE
  • Nate Carver, Consumers Energy
  • Sarah Chartier, Spectrum Health
  • Jim Monterusso, Veolia Energy
  • Dan Scripps, Institute for Energy Innovation (IEI)


“This grassroots effort between public, private and community partners is perfectly positioned to encourage innovation, further education and develop creative strategies that will span across every sector of the built environment,” said Holman. “Building on the established leadership in Grand Rapids the District has adopted transparent, measurable and obtainable goals that will be achieved by working collaboratively to break down barriers and develop pathways that ensure a sustainable, resilient and healthy community to live, work, and play.”


The Grand Rapids 2030 District has adopted the following targets: 


  • For existing buildings, a 50 percent reduction in energy use across the district by 2030 compared to a 2003 national benchmark of similar buildings, as well as 50 percent reductions in water use and emissions from transportation.


  • For new buildings and major renovations, an immediate reduction in building energy use by 50 percent compared to the 2003 national benchmark, with additional targets getting to net-zero energy use by 2030. New buildings also seek to immediately reduce their water use and transportation emissions by 50 percent when compared to the current district average.


“The Grand Rapids 2030 District is a testament to the vision of both the public and private sector in West Michigan,” said Scripps of Institute for Energy Innovation. “It was established in record time and boasts more committed square footage than other leading cities like San Francisco and San Antonio. Thanks to our founding members, we can dramatically reduce carbon emissions and energy and water use in downtown Grand Rapids over the next 15 years while improving the profitability and performance of our downtown buildings. It’s an exciting day for Grand Rapids!”



Liz Boyd: Telephone 517.881.6713 or

Cheri Holman: Telephone 616-691-1243 or


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The U.S. Green Building Council is a committee-based, member-driven, consensus-focused non-profit founded in 1993 that currently represents over 17,000 companies and organizations. The USGBC West Michigan Chapter, organized in 2004, is one of 70 chapters that operate as licensed separate non-profits across the United States.  The U.S. Green Building Council mission is it to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life in one generation. It accomplishes that mission with a dedication to expanding green building practices and education with its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ and other educational resources.


The Grand Rapids 2030 District includes the core downtown business district, and an area from Seward Street on the west to Leonard Street on the north, including much of the Creston Business District; Lafayette Street on the east, including the Grand Rapids Public School’s (GRPS) Innovation Campus; and Wealthy Street on the south, taking in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. A map of the District boundaries is available at 



Grand Rapids 2030 Founding Members


Property Owners and Operators:

616 Development, Inc.

  • Raider Development, LLC
  • Rood Sixty North, LLC
  • Ionia Ventures, LLC
  • Lofts on Monroe, LLC
  • 253 Prospect, LLC
  • Lofts on 820, LLC
  • Lofts on Michigan, LLC

Amway Hospitality Corporation

  • Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
  • JW Marriott

Catalyst Partners

  • 502 Second Street

City of Grand Rapids

  • City Hall
  • Coldbrook Pumping Station
  • Development Center/ Neighborhood Improvement
  • Facility Management
  • Fire Station
  • Grand Rapids Police Department
  • Ottawa Parking Ramp (Office)
  • Ottawa Parking Ramp (Ramp)

Christman Company

  • Front Street Properties

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Grand Rapids Public Schools

  • City High/Middle
  • GR Montessori
  • Innovation Central
  • Jefferson Building

Grand Valley State University

  • Robert C. Pew Campus

General Services Administration

  • Gerald R Ford Federal Courthouse

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

  • Kendall College of Art and Desing
  • Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
  • Woodbridge N Ferris Building

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

  • Hauenstine Center
  • Lacks Cancer Center
  • Main Hospital

Rockford Construction

  • Blue 35
  • Grid 70
  • Multi-tenant Office Building
  • Rockford Construction HQ


  • DeVos Place

Spectrum Health

  • 25 Michigan
  • 35 Michigan
  • Butterworth
  • Cook Building
  • Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion
  • Musculoskeletal
  • North Office Building
  • Women and Children Center

State of Michigan

  • Grand Rapids State Office Building

Stella's Lounge

The Waldron

Van Andel Institute

Veolia Energy Grand Rapids


Community Partners:

  • Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc
  • Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association
  • Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
  • Institute for Energy Innovation
  • U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan
  • West Michigan Environmental Action Council
  • West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum


Service Provider Partners:

  • CBS Solar
  • Coffman Electrical Equipment
  • Consumers Energy
  • DTE Energy
  • Energy Alliance Group
  • Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
  • Integrated Architecture
  • Lean & Green Michigan
  • Midwest Energy Group
  • Natura Architectural Consulting
  • Progressive AE
  • TowerPinkster


39 Founding Members, including 20 property owners and operators

61 buildings in downtown Grand Rapids

9,975,420 square feet of committed downtown realestate


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